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we take c-span on the road. britain and our resources to your community. it is washington, 8 -- bringing our resources to your community. it is washington, your way. >> next, q &a. after that, the c-span documentary, "the library of congress." >> this week on q&a, erik larsen, best-selling author of the devil and the white city and thunderstruck. he discusses his latest book in the garden of beasts. it is a historical narrative following a family of america's first ambassador to enough fillers third reich. >> erik larsen, author of "in the garden of peace," i want to get your immediate reaction -- in the garden of beasts," i want to get your immediate reaction. >> that is hitler in one of his historic speeches. why is it in your book? >> i have very few photographs. we can talk about why. but i have that in a particular place in the book because it signals what is coming next. the madness is intensifying. >> would do learn about mr. hitler that you did not know before you started writing your book? >> id is not so much -- well, i learned that his favorite movie was "king kong
. in a conversation what britain's prime minister, david cameron. this "q&a" week aren't a new book by scott miller. it tells the story of life in america. president william mckinley was shot by an assassin leon czolgosz. >> why did he decide to do a book on the assassination of william mckinley? >> i have been interested in this timeframe in the 18 eighties and the 1890's. it is a fascinating and important turning point. before then, you had a united states that would be recognized by the founding fathers. by the turn of the century, it is the america we would know it today. it is a tremendous patriotism in this time. it is very romantic. you look through american society and to see it. we think of the tycoons. it was a proliferation of new products. you'd be hard-pressed to go to a grocery store where you did not see projects came from this. ivory soap, pillsbury dough. the art really reflected this as well. john philip sousa was writing this. who was leon czolgosz? did he use a different name? >> he was the assassin. he had worked in a steel factory. he worked in the cleveland area. did the econ
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